20 years ago, way before the popularity of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the comedian had a sitcom called Ellen. On Ellen, DeGeneres’ character revealed she was gay, a revolutionary declaration for the time. After the episode, her career was almost completely ruined.
The Big Reveal
When DeGeneres’ character Ellen Morgan came out on national television, viewers everywhere were completely shocked and reacted negatively. Declaring on air, “I’m Ellen and I’m gay” almost completely ruined her career. Fortunately, those five words also ended up catapulting her to stardom later on.